Teaching Dog to SIT – Dog Training Tip #1

Teaching Dog to Sit
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Teaching dog to sit is one of the oldest do tricks in the book. Being one of the oldest commands, there are a variety of different methods to teach it. At Athenas Pets, we try to give you the easiest tips that get the best results.

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The following is an excerpt from our Athenas Pets Dog Whistle and Dog Clicker Training Guide, which is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD. This guide offers several tricks and other fun training techniques to enjoy during quality time with your dog. This trick can be taught with or without a Clicker.

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Teaching Dog to SIT – Athenas Pets Dog Clicker Method:

The following method is what we have seen work countless times by owners of our Athenas Pets Dog Clicker. First, make sure you have your clicker in hand. You will want to hold a treat with your free hand up in front of your dog’s nose so that they know you have it.

Next, keeping the treat in your hand, lift it in the air above your dog’s nose and slowly keep going backwards over their head with it until their bottom naturally hits the ground. As soon as this happens, click the dog clicker, say the verbal command, “SIT”, and PRAISE and REWARD your dog with the treat in your hand.


Saying “SIT DOWN” could confuse your dog in the long run. We recommend you stick with “SIT”. If your dog turns around instead of putting their rear end on the ground, start over and keep trying!

Eventually they will get it. Within the first hour or so, your dog should have the hang of this. Encourage them by petting them and keeping them focused. Your dog wants to learn so just keep at it!

Getting to the “SIT” Command:

Once your dog has the hang of this, it is time to move on to the slightly more difficult part of the teaching dog to sit command. Rather than lure your dog into sitting, you will want to use the “SIT” command and have them sit.

You will still want to have your dog clicker in your hand so you can click it the second your dog’s bottom touches the ground after you utter the command. Now PRAISE and REWARD your dog! This is great progress!

After you feel that your dog has gotten the hang of sitting every time you give your verbal, “SIT”, you can start clicking the dog clicker and only PRAISING your dog rather than PRAISING and REWARDING sometimes. This way you can slowly wean your dog off requiring treats to do tricks.

For the teaching dog to SIT trick, they should be able to listen to your commands without the need for treats. Of course, your hard-working pup deserves a treat every now and then so make sure to work some into your training! With a little practice, your dog will be sitting on command in no time!

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At this time, the Athenas Pets Dog Whistle and Clicker are available in a kit which includes: (1) Silent Dog Whistle; (1) Dog Clicker and (1) Downloadable Training Manual. This kit is available in the US and in-stock to BUY NOW. The Dog Whistle needs to be “tuned” to your dog. It’s a simple process, covered in the eBook from above or for a quick explanation see this article: Silent Dog Whistles – Do They Really Work?

Best of luck to you and your dog.  At Athenas Pets, we’re always thinking of ways to make the human and pet experience better.  We offer a number of training and fun products in this regard.

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Steve Larrivee

Steve Larrivee

As a dog lover since his youth, Steve Co-Founded Athenas Pets with his son Kevin to promote dog training to the masses. Athenas Pets, focuses on training products and providing the "know-how" so the average dog owner can train their dog like a pro.

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